The free software fans in Portland looking for free Internet access will be greeted by Microsoft’s MSN and Windows Live Search.
Microsoft is hooking up with MetroFi, the company developing Portland’s free WiFi service.
Google has made a similar partnership in San Francisco, and the two Internet giants are expected to extend their presence through other urban networks.
Unfortunately, the city of Seattle spurned free Wi-Fi and is holding out for a public-private fiber optic partnership.
Perhaps Nickels Technology Partners Inc. LLC is giving Clearwire a chance to charge residents $30 a month for wireless Net access, instead.